Plans were announced in 1967 for a multi-million dollar project that would ultimately be named Americana Finnmark. Then, a unique diamond in Montgomery County, Americana Finnmark was built with a mid-rise tower of 112 units and 212 garden apartments, with townhouses planned for a future phase. While the townhouses never materialized, the tower - which opened in 1968 in Silver Spring, was designed by Bucher-Meyers & Associates with an uncommon arrangement of units with sunken living rooms and a limited number of two-level units with winding staircases.
Completed one year earlier, the garden units - with clean lines, open stairwells, varied setbacks and sunken living rooms - were designed by Albert Mumma Jr., who was inspired by the contemporary architecture he encountered while traveling in Finland.
When the complex was converted into condominiums in 1974, the park-like grounds included tennis courts, swimming and wading pools, and a basketball court to enjoy a relaxing, but active lifestyle with family and friends.
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Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture In Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930–1979
By Clare Lise Kelly